Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who frequently speaks about the role of the church in politics, said that as far as he knows, Olmsted is one of only a handful of American bishops who has taken any steps to implement "Catholics in Political Life." "What does the silence of the rest mean?" he asked.
Um, we all know the answer . . . in a few cases, it means they're scoundrels. But in the vast majority of the others, they're just cowards.
Why won't Mario leave? The flexible, non-judgmental religious institution he longs for already exists in the Episcopal Church USA The ECUSA has far more friends among the political elite than the Catholics do, and the ECUSA has plenty of empty pews. He'd be far more comfortable there (at least in this life). I don't want to write anyone's soul off, but then, at what point to you simply let a guy follow the course he insists upon to his own ruin?